Release Date: 5/20/2014
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18 BCPS students to graduate with high school diplomas and associate degrees

First cohort of Diploma to Degree participants celebrated

TOWSON, MD. – Eighteen Baltimore County Public Schools seniors from nine high schools will receive both high school diplomas and associate degrees at ceremonies to take place over the next two weeks.

These students are the first cohort of the Diploma to Degree program, a collaborative initiative of BCPS and the Community College of Baltimore County. All of the students are graduating from CCBC with Honors, and the cohort has an average BCPS grade point average of 3.65. Four achieved 4.0 grade point averages at the college.

The students, the BCPS schools they currently attend, and the colleges they are headed to are as follows:

Anna Aladiev, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Samantha Beverati, Perry Hall High School
Towson University

Anya Byrd, Western School of Technology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (as a Meyerhoff Scholar)

Kaylyn Clark, Catonsville High School
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (as a Meyerhoff Scholar)

Harrison Collins, Eastern Technical High School
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Kate Delossantos, Eastern Technical High School
University of Maryland, College Park

Lindsay Edwards, Dulaney High School
University of Maryland, College Park

Kelli Goetz, Dulaney High School
University of Maryland, College Park

Meera Kesavan, Catonsville High School
Johns Hopkins University

Christina Krastel, Perry Hall High School
University of Maryland, College Park (after taking additional physics and pre-engineering courses at CCBC)

Hannah Matecko-Conti, Catonsville High School
St. Olaf College

Kathy Nguyen, Randallstown High School
George Washington University

Joseph Pezzulla, Dulaney High School
University of Maryland, College Park

Ian Robinson, Eastern Technical High School
University of Maryland, College Park

Rachael Snyder, Owings Mills High School
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Michael Stavros, Kenwood High School
University of Maryland, College Park

Emily Stoll, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Johns Hopkins University

Shiza Tanveer, Catonsville High School
New York University

“These students are trailblazers," said BCPS Superintendent S. Dallas Dance, “and we are proud of what they have achieved academically but also of what they have shown us about the determination and commitment of our students. They are the first to benefit from Diploma to Degree, but not the first of our students to benefit from our strong and ever-growing partnership with CCBC."

President Sandra Kurtinitis of CCBC describes these students as “fine examples of what is possible when you combine academic talent and willpower with strong support from two committed institutions."

“From gaining free college experience three years prior to my peers to learning invaluable lessons that I can apply both in and out of the classroom, the D2D program has impacted my life in innumerable ways," said Beverati. “I wouldn’t change the experience even if I had the chance – it has been worthwhile and beneficial. Although I am still not entirely sure what I want to pursue in my future, the least I can say is that I am now far better equipped to find out."

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